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Chicago Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

Each year there are over one million reports of nursing home abuse and negligence by nursing home staff. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse the most common type of abuse is the general neglect of basic needs.

If you believe a loved one may be the victim of nursing home negligence, contact an attorney at Richard P Bogusz & Associates. Our have more than 40 years of combined experience aggressively representing clients in nursing home negligence and medical malpractice. We have the experience needed to help you determine whether your situation is cause for a negligence or malpractice claim—and the expertise required to pursue the maximum compensation from the medical malpractice insurance companies involved in that claim.

What Is Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse?

General neglect occurs when the nursing home staff lacks interest in the well being of the elderly and does not provide such basic necessities as food, water, shelter or hygiene. This form of neglect can lead to serious illnesses and infections, including bed sores, weight loss and dehydration. Pre-existing illnesses may also worsen if prescription medication is not given in a consistent and timely manner.

Physical abuse is one of the easiest signs of nursing home negligence to detect. Symptoms of physical abuse may include:
• Unexplained bruises
• Broken bones
• Unexplained cuts

Emotional or mental abuse is hard for family members to suspect because it does not leave physical symptoms. But the abuse is just as frightening and traumatic for its victims as physical abuse. Mental abuse includes verbal harassment or assault, intentional neglect, threats, and isolation from friends and family.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes ranges from inappropriate photography and nudity to forced sexual intercourse by either nursing home staff or other residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

"What are some of the signs of general nursing home negligence?"

    • Depression or withdrawal, disorientation or confusion
    • Sudden changes in behavior or personality
    • Unwillingness to communicate
    • Bed sores, malnutrition or dehydration
    • Unkempt appearance or poor personal hygiene
    • Bad odors, in urinal and fecal smells
    • Untreated medical conditions
    • Missing personal property
    • Specific resident complaints

   

"What are some of the signs of emotional abuse?"

    • Fear, agitation, hesitance
    • Depression or withdrawal
    • Sudden behavior changes
    • Unusual behavior patterns
    • Unwillingness to communicate
    • Disorientation or confusion
    • Unjustified isolation or staff not allowing resident to be alone with a visitor
    • Rude, humiliating and/or derogatory comments by staff
    • Specific complaints by residents

"What are some of the signs of physical abuse?"

    • Wounds, cuts, abrasions or burns
    • Bruises, welts or swelling
    • Broken bones
    • Sudden, inexplicable weight loss
    • Any unexplained and/or hidden injuries
    • Unwarranted restraints
    • Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident
    • Delays in allowing visitors to see resident
    • Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor
    • Resident being kept in an over-medicated state
    • Specific complaints by residents • Fear or agitation
    • Depression or withdrawal
    • Sudden behavior changes
    • Disorientation or confusion
    • Unjustified isolation
    • Rude, humiliating and/or derogatory comments by staff

 

 

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